“Zvakavoma sekunamata”, “Kunzima njengokukhuleka.” You probably once said this or you heard someone say so.
These are Shona and Ndebele phrases respectively, which loosely mean “It is as hard as being a Christian.”
Some view Christians as the most frustrated people.
Christianity is seen by some as a boring way of life and thus to be accepted only as a last resort or when one has grown up and has tasted the “joys” of life.
Christianity is perceived as bondage, strict and without regard to the human natural life.
In this presentation, I am going to address these issues by summarising Christianity in just three points.
Because of our cultural upbringing and socio-economic conditions, we sometimes find it difficult to fathom the promises of God contained in the Bible.
You may be so sick that you disqualify yourself of God’s healing power or you may be still single in your late thirties and forties and have already given up on marriage and when God visits you, you actually tell Him that He is late.
At times the way the Gospel is presented to us is so complex that we cannot make the head and the tail.
Some have been told that God helps those that help themselves thus rendering the power of God ineffective.
Christianity is given by God as a gift to mankind. You do not need to work for salvation but just receive and live by faith.
Matthew 28:18-20, Amplified Version reads, “18 Jesus approached and, breaking the silence, said to them, All authority (all power of rule) in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. 19: Go then and make disciples of all the nations, baptising them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20: Teaching them to observe everything that I have commanded you, and behold, I am with you all the days perpetually, uniformly, and on every occasion), to the (very) close and consummation of the age. Amen (so let it be).” Scripture clearly states that all power was given to Christ.
Simple mathematics says that if all is taken out nothing is left. If you are still hiding in the hole, you better come out for your enemy has no weapons. Satan uses fear and lies.
Jesus promises to be with you always. Please just accept the truth so that you will be freed and empowered.
Jesus commands us to make disciples of Him. Discipleship connotes discipline, so Christianity is a disciplined walk of faith with Christ.
If you follow the following tips, no demon will subdue you, no curse will vex you and you will enjoy your life.
l Read and meditate on the Word of God and do what it tells you to do. If you do this you are assured of success. Imagine where you will be at the end of the year if you meditate on just one verse per day. If you do it for a year you will have 365 verses in your spirit. If you multiply it by the number of years that you have been saved, then the devil would no longer be able to handle you. Hide the Word of God in your heart. Please understand that just one word from God can change your entire life. So start today.
l Pray and fast to stay connected to God. My teaching is that you should have at least one day of fast a week. Pray as you open the day and as you close it. Seek communion with God. Do not do things alone and do not go alone, walk with Him. Prayer and fasting will keep you glued together.
l Give your tithes and offerings in your chosen church. Above that give in your family and community. Let me correct some misconception here. I have heard people say they do not give their tithes to the church but use the money to help the poor and needy. To help the poor and needy is quite commendable but tithes and offerings belong to the church, “Do not think you are more clever than God”.
Accept the truth of the Word of God and enjoy life. Do you think God is living a miserable and boring life?
He cares for us and loves us. If you start walking with him now, the fellowship will last forever and ever and if you choose the temporary joy of the devil, the place of wailing and gnashing of teeth is waiting for you.
Pastor Erasmus Makarimayi is presiding pastor at New Gate Chapel